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. will it be a happy holidays for president obama after a very tough year? first wave of fixes for health care.gov. we wait to find out the true test. what happens when more people logon today. an update on the commuter train derailment in new york and what governor cuomo had to say. find out whether kiber monday sales will live up to the hopes and expectations of retailers and how close to reality the plans to deliver the orders with drones. forget mail box baseball. high school kids will have a new game to play if drones deliver things. good morning from washington. monday, december 2nd, 2013. this is "the daily rundown" fresh off from my sunday turkey chili. the obama administration's deadline to have a better functioning healthcare.gov for the vast majority of consumers has come and gone and the administration is claiming success. >> the hom binbottom line, healthcare.gov is night and day. >> that was a low bar. >> he effectively gave itself a pass after saying 400 bug fixes and software improvements and the site is working more than 90% of the time. the site was stable only about 43% of the time.
the government, repeal obama care year. that's what we did all year, and now we're not doing that anymore. and now nothing is done. and time is almost up. and the question is, will they get it together? can they get it together to do something that isn't repeal obama care before the end of the year? what they said they wanted to do was immigration reform. remember? even republicans said they wanted to do it. democrats are behaving as if it is about to happen. this is the president and the first lady on friday, the day after thanksgiving. friday afternoon down at a tent on the national mall where legendary labor leader eliseo medina and mostly other young activists have been starving themselves in a fast for more than 20 days now to try to move the house to take up the immigration bill that passed this summer in the senate. republicans said they wanted to do it in theory, when the senate passed the comprehensive bill with 14 republican senators in support, republicans said they wanted to support it in theory. first, the house came up with the objection that they didn't want to do a compreh
during the campaign last year obama would have been able to have a lot less headaches than he did in running against mitt romney. just as you want to give the administration a lot of minus scores as they deserve for the botched rollout of obama care, 7% unemployment is a pretty good thing to brag about. >> how about the the republicans? are you hearing from them? >> house speaker john bay march with the improving economics there should be less government help given. they are played the case that things are getting better but it's still a fragile situation we have to keep track of. >> yeah. lynn, i want to go over your latest column which focuses on the president's trip to south africa and robben island where nelson mandela was held. how much of an impact do you think nelson mandela has had on prison obama? >> well, i was standing just a few feet away from then senator obama in 2006 when he was touring robben island. i had a sense his first trip was a pilgrimage. he started his career, as everyone noted, his interest in politics being an anti-apartheid protesters. coming to robben
was a protest against apartheid. >> that first political act came during barack obama's sophomore year of college when he helped plan a rally calling on the school to divest itself from doing business with companies in south africa. as the "chicago tribune" reported he opened in street theater speaking a couple of minutes when two white students in paramilitary dress dragged him away mid sentence. that cameo so impressed rebecca rivera, another rally participant that she wondered why he hadn't been more politically active on campus. she made a mental note at the time to get him involved. the college didn't divest but a new leader inspired by nelson mandela was reborn. as president obama later said in his memoir, i noticed people had begun to listen to my opinion. it was a discovery that made me hungry for words. the president and first lady will travel to africa next week to pay their respects. joining us from washington, among our many other guests, austin, not washington, is msnbc's very own chris matthews. chris, we have a whole panel in new york. i want to go to you first. you spok
. so what obama is hoping is that i'm going to put out there now. because a year from now, people aren't going to remember the roll-out stuff. it's going to be like thank god i went to the doctor and it wasn't the emergency ward and guess what? now i've got my diabetes under control, my chemotherapy here, my viagra. there will be millions of men who will rise to the occasion and say we are grateful for what he has done. >> i just caught that. the thing is, zerlina, i think it's actually true, as funny as that was -- and i'm glad you made that appointment, the website is such a fixation, particularly in terms of media could haverag coverage, because something a reporter can log on to and demonstrate for themselves. it's as if they're acting the website literally can last for another year. because there is not an election for another year. how is that possible, they think that can keep going? >> i don't know. i mean, the problem for them is that obama care is their plan. and that's why they don't have anything to say. and they had to focus on the website. so i think the media and republi
. because mr. mandela had been so ill this year, president obama did not personally visit with him while he was on that trip to south africa. in fact, this is interesting. the only time the two men apparently ever met in person was in 2005 in washington, when mr. obama was just starting his career in the united states senate. "the new york times" reports that the one visit started when mr. mandela's advisers told him, while he was on a trip to washington, that while he was there, he ought to take a little bit of time to try to meet this rising star young senator who had given such a great speech at the democratic national convention the year before. and so senator obama got the call, unexpectedly. he was on his way to meeting on a totally different subject at the time, but he diverted course in washington and drove to mr. mandela's hotel room in washington. and that is where this picture was taken. which is the only picture of the two men ever taken. it was taken by senator obama's personal assistant at the time, who was driving him to that other meeting when the call came through to please
such a great speech at the democratic national convention the year before. and so senator obama got the call unexpectedly. he was on his way to a meeting on a totally different subject at the time, but he diverted course and drove to mr. mandela's hotel room in washington, and that is where this picture was taken, which is the only picture of the two men ever taken. it was taken by senator obama's personal assistant at the time who was driving him to that other meeting when the call came through to please come meet nelson mandela, and that's the only time they've ever been photographed together. we'll be right back. more to come. i need a car that's stylish and fashionable... especially in my line of work. now do you have a little lemonade stand? guys, i'm in fashion! but i also need amazing tech too... like active park assist... it practically parks itself. and what color would you like? i'll have my assistant send you over some swatches... oh... get a fusion with 0% financing for 60 months, plus $500 ford credit holiday bonus cash during the ford dream big sales event. the day building a p
of their more than three and a half year campaign against obama care. but the sailing is going to get much rougher for them now that people are actually seeing the benefits. >> now, joan, every now and then, we hear, you know, a republican say they should root for the health care law to fail. some level of, you know, let's not root for it to fail. so here's georgia congressman jack kingston who's running for the senate. listen. >> a lot of conservatives say just step back and let this thing fall to pieces on its own. but i don't think that's always the responsible thing to do. i think we need to be looking for things that improve health care overall for all of us. and if there was something in obama care, we need to know about it. >> now, kingston said it's not responsible to let this thing fall to pieces. and the right wing blog red state posted, quote, jack kingston has surrendered on obama care. has surrendered. they may kick him out the party. he surrendered because he said everyone should work toward improving health care? i mean, how cynical is this? >> it's very cynical, but that is
get to that, congress has passed fewer laws this year than ever before. president obama tried to diagnose the reason for the enaction. >> the big challenge you got is you got a faction of the republican party that sees compromise as a dirty word that has moved so far to the right, that it would be difficult for a ronald reagan to win the nomination for the republican party at this point. >> we will be playing more from the panel right after this. so i deserve a small business credit card with amazing rewards. with the spark cash card from capital one, i get 2% cash back on every purchase, every day. i break my back around here. finally someone's recognizing me with unlimited rewards! meetings start at 11, cindy. [ male announcer ] get the spark business card from capital one. choose 2% cash back or double miles on every purchase, every day. what's in your wallet? i need your timesheets, larry! what's in your wallet? more shopping. more dining out. more traveling. and along with it, more identity theft. every time you pull out your credit card, shop online, or hit the road, you
that lies ahead of them next year. as e.j. dion writes, republicans are betting that obama care and travails will be the deciding issue in the next year's election. obama thinks heg and minimum wage can be linked to other proposals in a larger battle for economic fairness. in another speech doubled down in their agreed upon strategy, repeal obama care. case in point, before the president concluded his remarks house speaker john boehner on the floor of the lower chamber railing against the nation's health care law mostly because that's the only thing he's allowed to talk about these days. >> delay the individual mandate, allow the american people to keep the health care plans that they would like. or scrap the health care law wreaking havoc on our economy. >> while jop seems content to bang the gong on obama care without any concern about the rest of the economy, the add manage is busy with the rest of the orchestra. if, as "the wall street journal" posits the president is winning hearts and minds doing his best elizabeth warren interpretation then he's not done yet. this morning president ob
of grieving in one sense already. he's been incredibly sick for years. people reflect on the life of nelson mandella. outside nelson mandella's home. thank you for staying up for the wee hours with us. lots more to come, stay with us. lots ahead. >>> when president obama visited south africa, he brought his family to see the cell where nelson mandella had been imprisoned. because he had been so ill this year, president obama did not personally visit with him. in fact, this is interesting. the only time the two men apparently ever met in person was in 2005 in washington when mr. obama was just starting his career in the united states senate. the one visit started when mr. mandella's advisors told him while he was on a trip to washington. they too old him to take a time. and so senator obama got the call unexpectedly. he day verted course in washington and drove to mr. mandella's hotel room in washington. and that is where this picture was taken, which is the only picture of the two men ever taken. that's the only time they've brn photographed together. we'll be right back, more to come. >>>
on a lot of us. >> do you think he had an effect on president obama in his early years? >> i do. he spoke about that. it was really a way for a lot of us to put together the american social and racial justice push with the global one. he was an example of somebody who did evolve. he did preach and practice and found a way to live together despite differences. >> what do you think he accomplished in his life? >> i think creating a society that was not about vengeance and learning what we all had in common. i think that modelling revolutionary values, but also with the sense of deep, deep personal kindness. and a kind of forgiveness that not many of us would be capable of. >> reverent sharpton, do you think his impact, what impact will he have post life. how will he be remembered? >> he's the founding father. he changed the country and went from a country that was apartheid and on racism and not having a full democracy. clearly not sharing the health. he became a new country. he will be remembered in south africa as the father of a new nation, but i think he will be remembered that universi
that the congressional budget office made in may of where the health care obama care would be in year one. that estimate was done, obviously, before the website spent two months being broken. so there is what was underlying that estimate is over. it's not going to happen. but back when -- in june and may when i spoke to the obama administration about how they thought about zubsuccess, they not use seven million number. they did not say getting seven million and one million was young and healthy. success was all about getting this right, getting the ratios right so the premiums would be low enough that over the first two or three years it would be a good deal and people would come in. so the important thing for the administration is not seven million versus five million versus nine million. it's how many of them are young and healthy. they need about 40% in order to keep premiums at the levels they want them. >> and to that point, there was a recent gallup poll. 37% of americans under 30 are the least familiar with the health care law. more than any other age group. and obviously we've talked about the f
billion each year. take the energy quiz. energy lives here. president obama is planning on doing between now and christmas eve. starting today, and every day between now and christmas eve, the white house says president obama is going to be doing some public thing every day to highlight good things about health reform, and to get people to sign up for insurance. december 23rd is the next big enrollment deadline for obama care, so the white house is taking on a new effort to fight back against the law's extremely loud critics. you can find of feel the change in tone from the white house on this subject already. they don't sound like they're playing defense on the subject anymore. the president gave a short kickoff speak about it this afternoon in washington, d.c., and i think it was telling this was the biggest applause line in the speech. >> i have always said i would work with anybody to implement and improve this law effectively. you have good ideas, bring them to me. let's go. but we're not repealing it as long as i'm president. i want everybody to be sure of that. >> on thursday this
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plans under 2 years of able. >> obama care doesn't cover babies? is that true or false? false. it turns out the reason this particular dad did not get coverage for his baby is he forgot to list the baby when he signed up for insurance. quoting capitol, new york, the mixup appears to be routed in the dad's application, which originally listed three of his children when he has four. when the clerical error was discovered, it was fixed, except by john boehner, who is still pedaling the story as true. i'm not sure i expect fox news to correct the story, but don't you expect the speaker of the house to? next up, true or false -- that was amazing. sorry. the desk like ate it. true or false, president obama is closing the u.s. embassy at the vatican? from the conservative washington times newspaper, obama's call to close vatican embassy is slap in the face to roman catholics. they say obama insults catholics in vatican embassy shutdown. jeb bush said hopefully it's not retribution for catholics opposing health care. they called it just the latest anti-religious dispute. weakening america as a
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in 1972. in 1971, barack obama was only ten years old so he was very young and never able to appreciate that. what i want to make clear, though, we shouldn't call him militant, we shouldn't call him a terrorist, he's a patriot. he's just like the patriots fighting here many, many centuries ago for equality. and that's what he was. he was a patriot who tried to make sure that his country where he was born, where he controlled would recognize the fact that the majority of people who were african were suppressed by the minority of people who were white, and that has to be changed. he is a patriot who did a great deal in his 27 years in prison and did a great deal as president and continues to have that legacy as a patriot. i am a south african. i am an african, as he said when he got his honorary degree from harvard in 1998. that became a watershed moment of him recognizing who he was, what he was and who he's speaking for. >> but to all of you here in new york, it wasn't just that personal grace that allows him to say, i want to make a decision to forgive after he had succeeded. but there
of the presidency. so, you know, sort of give us perspective. put the obama administration in perspective one year into his first term. how -- just how bad or how well -- how is he doing? >> he had a bad 2013, even if things recover in december. but as you said, the story of presidencies is a cycle of, you know, political fortunes. >> boom and bust. >> you're down, then you're up. you're down and then you're up. and the only thing that really matters is if you're in a down part of the cycle right before an election. so barack obama doesn't have to face the voters anymore. so a lot of this talk about where he stands in the polls is only relevant if it actually leads to defections among democrats. the republicans already oppose him. if his low poll numbers cause democrats to head for the hills, that's when we should start saying it's really significant. so far, that hasn't happened. so the consequences of his low poll numbers are not yet serious. that doesn't mean they might not get serious in the new year if they can't get their act together on the website. if they do get their act together and the
years obama did talk about a grand bargain. the republicans tried to meet him halfway. i think the shutdown changed everything. it was such a debacle for the republican party. you know, they had embraced this sort of sabotage approach to nongovernance. i think the assumption was they weren't going to do that again in january. but what they're going to do, what they're going to agree to do, barely there. this mini thing that will get us a few extra months. it's sad this is sort of the state of, quote, budget negotiations. but as obama and democrats have found, when you're negotiating with people who aren't particularly persuadable on anything, you're lucky if you can use sort of a up and down-aid like that. >> kiki, just on the politics of that, i think eric makes a great point. if i'm john boehner and i'm anybody, frankly in the leadership in the republican party, part of my concern is, we've got to have something that i know we are not going to shut the government down over. >> that's right. >> because they know they just cannot handle that another time. those numbers are alre
jr. we can't judge what the obama presidency will be perceived 20 years from now. my suspicion is that a man that tried to make sure people had access to health care, i don't think they're going to say you know that's a lot like slavery or apartheid. i don't think that's going to be the legend of barack obama that we remember. >> you know, i think that people don't have a sense of how controversial these struggles were and how to fight opposition. i mean, i've been in the civil rights fight for the last several decades. and i remember the beginnings of the fight against apartheid here. robinson and gray and others who were castigated and attacked for that. and they were able to turn public opinion around. having to fight people like dick cheney and others who are now with these great eulogies on nelson mandela. >> that's right. i think people forget that. when people like you and mary francis berry were in the beginning of that fight, it was demonized and you were attacked for that. and it was not a popular position. and so i think there's a lot about the history that people. h
a credible candidate presented himself, barack obama, the clintons never thought in a million years he would be viable. when he proved to be viable, african-americans said we want the real thing. not the fictional first black president. >> you're referring to tony morrison. >> absolutely. >> tony morrison said bill clinton was the first black president. i think it's more important to get a real one. >> we did. >> anyway, let's go to e the present time. here we are in december of 2013 looking way ahead, but not too far ahead because a year from now we'll be right in the middle of this thing. everyone will announce a the 2014 election. everybody willing in this thing. we'll know the field. and so my question is is he doing what he has to do? i love bill grade. bill grade is a great leader in philadelphia. you hear this great reporting by jonathan martin this weekend in the "times." there's hillary clinton asking what you and i would do in the same situation. you're asking somebody to spot the people and who they are in the community. who the state reps, the city council people. you got to know
and the president has not seen his uncle in 20 years. as for omar obama, an immigration judge said he could stay in the country because he qualified for permanent residency. >>> the man once call called america's top cop back in the big apple. new york mayor elect bill deblass yo announced bill bratton as new yorks's police commissioner. he ran the police force 20 years ago and he vowed to repair the relationship between officers and minority neighborhoods amid the nypd's controversial stop and frisk program, a tactic he has embraced in the pass while the incoming mayor has criticized it, bratton said a book he read when he was 9 will guide him on his new beat. >> i checked this thing out so often that i don't think anybody else in boston ever saw it. it is a book about the new york city police department of 1956 and i loved the title "your police." in this city, i want every new yorker to talk about their police, my police, with respect and with confidence that they are going to be respected. >> bratton has led the boston and los angeles police departments. >>> pope francis bringing another big
put out in the "washington post" by dan balz. by almost any measure, this has been a lost year for obama on the domestic front. the flawed rollout of the health care law, the most important initiative of his tenure, has been a huge setback. >> i think that's a bit of an overstatement. a lost year? focusing on trying to get more people affordable health care? at the end of the day, everyone knows, we can all agree the rollout could have been, should have been better. but underneath all that is democrats and the president trying to make sure the people have health care. that is the side that we should be on, not this sort of is it right, is it wrong, should he be mad about it, should he not be mad about it? this is about making sure people can live. >> can government be nimble, can government learn from its mistakes? i would say the website is just a small symptom. government slik an offensive lineman. it can do blocking, it can create order. when you ask the government to be a wide receiver, you're asking them to do things they can't do. republicans win elections when the govern
that, tamron. going to president obama's remarks, 2013 has been a completely unproductive year, any statistic you end up using or if you're a glass halfful type person, it is the one reason you might have optimism on immigration reform that house republicans have to go back to constituents and say, here's what i was able to achieve in the house of representatives. that's going to be the thing that's going to be pressing and some folks might be wanting for come next year. >> just going back again to the interview with chris and the president. he also asks, chris matthews asks president obama about 2016. we don't have to play it but he played the middle game, complimenting them both heavily. >> it was a very diplomatic response. president obama holds both in high he steam. the political community doesn't expect both of them to run. it's going to be one or the other and right now looks like hillary clinton. >> mark, have a great weekend. thanks for joining us. if you missed chris's interview, it does reair today at 4:00 eastern on msnbc. we'll be right back. [ paper rustles, outdoor so
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. but getting back to president obama, it's almost a full year, jon, into his re-election and you've been talking about how difficult his presidency has been, specifically over the past year. if you compare it to recent presidents before him, their approval rating at this very same time, president clinton and reagan both doing far better than president obama at this time. george w. bush was slightly lower at 37%. but this is the same president who it seemed could do no wrong when he was re-elected. ari often reminds me that in politics things can move very slow and they can also move very fast. >> only ari knows that? oh. >> and former white house adviser spoke to this on this week last week wanting it to move quickly. let's take a listen. >> people trust this president. i think there's been numbers all over the place. i'm confident in a few months from now those trust numbers are going to come up. i think his approval number will come up. >> that's obviously what every democrat wants. jon, it seems like this is a year the administration is wanting to put behind them very quickly. >> yeah
think, willie, republicans can make the argument that we are where we are four years later because barack obama's policies have made things worse. if we want to make that argument we can make that argument. but it's harder for us. it does not help us, i don't think with swing voters to say we'll do you guys a favor and cut off all your unemployment benefits. >> i don't think that helps. i'm just thinking it doesn't. >> it's not a good message. steve, your first chart on the minimum wage is 7.25 right now. let's say you get 40 hours a week, 52 weeks that comes to $15,000 a year which puts you below the poverty line. >> one of the ways people are pushing back on this perfect storm against people at the bottom is by focusing on the minimum wage. the minimum wage is $7.25 as you see here on this chart. which is not oddly enough the lowest. these are all inflation adjusted. they go back to the 1960s. in the 1960s it was $9.50. went down in the '80s. oddly enough it was president bush's administration that pushed a three step increase that took it back up to $7.25. it's been declining in
year and people actually understand what they're getting and what they're avoiding. i mean obama hasn't done a great job in selling the affordable care act. he should have given people sort of a health care 101. there are really only three basic options for health care. we can do what we were doing, which we all agree didn't work. we can go for a universal single payer plan which the rest of the world does but the republicans could scream communism or do obama care. this is a republican plan that the republicans now want to repeal. and paum ought to bring that irony hope to people, i think. >> as you point out, this was, you know, mother endorsed by the heritage foundation and implemented in massachusetts, which is basically -- >> by a republican governor, mitt romney. >> by a republican governor. almost 100% of adults and children are now covered because of what they were able to institute there in massachusetts. suzy, while we talk about this and are just in the beginning of december, it's just the beginning, everybody, although we're freaking out that we're getting so close to chri
news on obama care. we got 70 years before the next story comes. >> it's next. the rebought of obama care comes as the president will talk about the benefit of this health care law. yesterday, president obama defended the affordable care act and suggested if republicans have better ideas they should bring them to the stable. >> the bottom line is this law is working and will get started with the exchanges, with the marketplaces, so we're not going to walk away from it. if i've got to fight another three years to make sure this law works, then that's what i will do. i have always said, i will work with anybody to implement and improve this law effectively you got good ideas, bring them to me. let's go. but we're not repealing it as long as i'm president. i want to make that clear. >> you know, if what the president said is introduce. then that's a marked change since the first time the health care law went through. the republicans had scores of amendments that harry reid killed. never let him discuss it on the floor. never got a vote on the floor, so if the president now wants to work
this because by november of next year, you are going to be running for with obama care and people will have discovered. he cautioned patience. he said everybody needs to take a deep breath and everybody needs to go to the website and explore their options and then sign up. they have not had a problem getting people to sign up. the polling said that young people don't have health care for the same reason that everyone doesn't. too much money. yet if they go to the website, they are likely to find a plan to afford health care because they get a subsidy. >> that is a fascinating statistic. 40% of those signing up being under age 35. >> i am not sure they have done special outreach. the fact is when it's available and easily accessible from your home and on your computer, the people in general do understand that a bicycle accident, playing touch football, you can get a broken ankle and end up going to the emergency room and suddenly you are thousands of dollars in debt. if you can go to the website and sign up for a plan that is between 50 and $100 a month, it would be very, very well worth it.
down on the offense against obama care for a long time. come 2014, come 2016, are americans are going to be saying, we have been this going on four, five, six years at this point. >> there's a big difference between 2014 and 2016. 2014, there's still a lot of kinks. and any government policy is very difficult to implement. but let's not forget, in 2011 and all the way through 2012, the president took a victory lap with it. he's the one who in late 2011 said, yeah, call it obama care. i'm going to own it. the campaign, they sent out e-mails. so obama care. so they wanted to own it. then they had to implement it. and that's where they got in trouble. because they did this victory dance, if you will, and then all of a sudden, the website happens. now, to think you could be that successful, just simply because the first part, which children under 26 went on, contraception, there were a lot of positives, which republicans agreed with many of those things in the negotiations or during the negotiations. but to take that victory dance and then to have to implement it, then you have to step ba
. >>> president obama welcomed recipients of the 36th annual kennedy center honors for the white house. this year's recipients are carlos santana, herbie hancock and billy joel along with martina arroyo and shirley maclaine. >>> that's going to do it for your morning dish of scrambled politics. joining me from washington for our first look at politics is washington post reporter david nakamura. david, good morning. >> hi. >> let's start with joe biden and his trip to asia. i know you were a pool reporter on that so welcome home. >> thank you. good trip. >> what exactly was the vice president able to accomplish? >> well, i think there were two things that really were foremost for the obama administration. one there is a stirmish between china and japan over islands in the east china sea. a big problem for international security. joe biden met with both the prime minister of japan and the president of china and said he made clear to china he wanted them to sort of roll back an air defense zone that china established unilaterally and is threatening japanese and even american commercial aircraft that
as obama's have this year. history also suggest that there are two types of white house shakeups. he fires somebody anybody as a is a cry official lamb. the second is deep cleansing. jim, the question everybody asks does he have this in him? >> it's nuts. he's not going to fire his staff. he's not going to make that kind of change. at the end of the day the white house reflects the president. are your going to bring in different staff and have new blood in his veins. that's not how presidents work. he never wanted to have people around him who he doesn't consider close in many cases intimate friends. that's where his comfort zone is. he won't bring in republicans and bring in old hands from the democratic party. it sounds good but it's not sensical. he won't do it. >> why? >> one he only has a couple of years left in the white house. he likes those around him. the chief of staff is relatively new. it's a different team. you don't have rahm emanuel or david plouff or david, ale rod or robert gibbs. you have a lot on this show talk about what's going on but not advising him. there is new blo
is president three or five years ago or what mr. obama and the congress do, there's a lot of very positive dynamic things going on in the world that really play to america's strengths. just think about the consequences if nothing as fundamental as 3-d printing, good will be the cheap hands in china. it plays in our strengths in many ways, the cheap energy revolution and so forth. i want to see the full scope of american talent and going in other areas that we have to look at the minority population. they really haven't been sucked up into the digital revolution the way the rest of us have. >> a quick comment and this reflects on what i've been listening to all day on nelson mandela and what an important hero he was. i was thinking about that in the context of the today's jobs report, the black unemployment rate, 12.5%, that's twice that of whites. whites are 6.2. where is it written in law that african-american's unemployment has to be twice that of whites? but it's been that way as long as i've been a -- looked at these numbers. it xbrujust goe me to thinking, taking nothing away from thi
, whether you like the bill or not, for the next three years it is going to be law. until president obama is no longer in the white house, then we have a discussion about repeal. then republicans need to stop saying we need to get it off the books. >> sam, what are they accusing him of? it's like if a baseball batter gets a strike called on him, you don't accuse him of not trying to hit the ball. if you try to hit the ball and fail, that's what obama did here. it was a poor rollout. >> yeah. >> are they accusing him of wanting to have a poor rollout? it seems like they're saying he lied. he wanted this to be lousy. what are they actually accusing him of? >> that's the irony of the criticism. they say the website is so poor. it's not letting people buy coverage. it's not what you promised it to be. and we don't want people to buy coverage. it would be bad for femme. so there is a general inconsistency to the criticism here. but again, the president stressed it today. for the next three years, he will be in the oval office. the repeal movement is for that period of time dead. there is no re
now? >>> a chilling ad hitting the airwaves as we approach the one-year anniversary of the newtown shooting. can determined family members convince congress it's not too late to act? >>> and president obama's message of hope and change convinced young people to support him more than any other democratic candidate in 30 years, but a new poll shows they may be slipping away. we'll dig into what's going on and how important millennials are to both obama care and the obama presidency. >>> good morning. i'm chris jansing, and this morning we're looking at what the president calls the defining challenge of our time, income and equality. he's got a lot of statistics to back him up, but consider just this one. between 1978 and 2011 worker compensation has gone up by 5.7%, on average, for most of us, for a ceo, they've gotten a 725% raise. fast food workers say they are living examples of the effect of income and equality. today thousands of them are walking off the job in more than a hundred cities off the country demanding to be paid $15 an hour. >> i actually work two
to go so far right that he'll be saying no to everything obama or anybody else offers for the next years. will come in as an absolute obstructionist. what does that do to our country when you have states that have marked themselves off for obstructionism? >> i mean, i think we're in a lot of trouble. in part because these aren't going to be like todd akins. a lot of cases, whoever wins the primary is going to win the election. and so this is just kind of a warning to all republicans that you can't compromise at all. that you can't -- i mean, one of the chris mcdaniel's points against thad cochran is he voted to end the shutdown. so don't vote to end the shutdown. >> i was going to say that's very true, but some of that's going to get worked out in the primary as well. i think chris' question is going to be the one that even some primary voters will ask themselves. so what would be your plan? and so, that's why i say in states like south carolina, it's not a given that it naturally falls a certain way just because it's south and conservative. >> let's look at this web ad against mitch mcc
the early months of the reagan presidency. is that what he's calling for? a big upset victory? next year's congressional elections. let's find out. robert gibbs is a political analyst and former press secretary under president obama. and david corn is an msnbc political analyst and washington bureau chief at mother jones. robert, you know better about him than most people. you've worked with him in tight situations. i hope you got to see our program last night. we had a huge audience of 1.3 million. >> i did. >> i mean, it's a very big audience of people who tuned in just to hear the president. even on a night when so many hearts and minds were focused on the lives of nelson mandela. they took some time out to watch our program with the president. he said at that time when i asked him how do you do big deals and he said history says you only get a big program through, something really important, when one party controls the government. the house, the senate, and the presidency. does that mean to you he's still holding out hopes he can pull a big upset in the sixth year of his presidency n
medicare supplement insurance plans endorsed by aarp. don't wait. call now. >>> as the nation debates obama care, a law passed three years ago, some medical experts say a big health care problem stems from much older laws. peter huber says federal laws are holding back innovations to tackle cancer and alzheimers and diabetes right now. he argues these diseases can be treated with personalized cures tailored to each individual's body and the cure may not be the hard part. joining us now, peter huber, the latest book "the cure in the code." thank you for being here. >> pleasure. >> one of the things you talk about is the scientific breakthroughs. how would that work to give us sort of a more personalized care or cure for an individual? >> for first time in history biochemists and medicine in general can read everything that's happening in our our bodies down to the mole kul ar level. there's not been anything like this remotely closely for 100 years. the last thing was germ theory. we're getting very good at it. >> how much of this is created by regulations and approvals required by the fda?
term reboot. explain. >> he's had a miserable year, one of the worst years you can imagine for second term president. to begin with aca, with obama care that's been a disastrous capstone. we have a president whose staff really isn't serving him very well. some of the heavyweights from first administration are all gone including previous. a president who came to office with a lot of management experience, this is a management breakdown. he needs people around him to help him run this beaurocracy, change the way he's leading to be honest and walk in the oval office and say, sir, this isn't working. here is what we have to do. >> susan, in the president's defense, shouldn't he be able to expect the experts at hhs and various agencies working on this had it under control since they were being asked on a daily basis, do you have it under control? >> certainly there are people below the president who bear responsibility for the catastrophic rollout of the affordable care act and website. in the end he's the president. you know, the buck stops with him. it's really his management responsibil
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